A Guide to Enterprise Open Source

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Open source software (OSS) has transformed our world and become the backbone of our digital economy and the foundation of our digital world. From the internet and the mobile apps we use daily to the operating systems and programming languages we use to build the future, OSS has played a vital role. It is the lifeblood of the technology industry. 

Organizations involved in building products or services involving software, regardless of their specific industry or sector, are likely to adopt OSS and contribute to open source projects deemed critical to their products and services. Organizations are creating open source program offices (OSPOs) to manage their open source activities, from adopting OSS and compliance with applicable licenses to participating in open standards and foundations. 

To guide their ongoing use of OSS and their engagement with the open source ecosystem, they have developed open source strategies appropriate for their organizational constraints and industry challenges.

A Guide to Enterprise Open Source offers a practical and systematic approach to establishing an open source strategy, developing an implementation plan, and accelerating an organization’s open source efforts.


  • Dr. Ibrahim Haddad, Executive Director of the LF AI & Data Foundation
  • With a foreword by David Marr, Vice President, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Technologies

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Open source communities are at the heart of an explosion of technical innovation, where industry leaders, engineers, and end users are collectively creating and improving the digital infrastructure on which the global economy depends.

With an extensive community of members, connections with thousands of companies, and hundreds of thousands of open source contributors, professionals, solution providers, and users, the Linux Foundation is in a unique position to investigate the growing scale of open source collaboration, and provide insights into emerging technology trends, best practices, and global impact of open source projects.

By leveraging project databases and networks, and through a commitment to best practices in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Linux Foundation Research is designed to be the go-to repository for open source insights for the benefit of organizations and governments the world over.